resources

Many pages and posts refer to interesting resources and make them accessible by way of a hyperlink. Those that I find particularly interesting, thought-provoking, and relevant are also listed (with a short description) here. Not everything that I find really interesting ends up in a post. So this page deserves a visit on its own merits.

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MAPS

WALKING

  Alexandra Horowitz‘ On Looking, a walker’s guide to the art of observation

Investigation of how knowing about stuff makes you look out for things otherwise unseen and enrich your connection with your environment. See my blog post for a video of Horowitz talking about the book to make up your mind if reading the book might be worth your while.

Rebecca Solnit Wanderlust: a history of walking

Magisterial Glassperlenspiel book about walking, nature appreciation, urbanism and many other things. For a video conversation with Solnit to make up your mind if reading the book might be worth your while: see here.

Geoff Nicholson The lost art of walking

A lighter version of Solnit, less intellectual and thus an easier but still very worthwhile read. For a video of the writer taking someone for a walk that exemplifies his personal approach to walking: see here

RUNNING

Vybarr Cregan-Reid Footnotes. How running makes us human 

First book about running that fully embraces my perspective of it as a way to be in an environment. By a lecturer of English lit, very intellectual but chock-a-block with interesting insights, quotes and astute ways of verbal expression. Short videos in which he talks about running allowing you to make up your mind if reading the book might be worth your while: see here and here.

Richard Askwith Running free 

Good book about running by the author of Fell running classic ‘Feet in the Clouds’. At heart a pamphlet questioning Big Running (business). Lots of mindful running arguments, the joys of natural environments and other subjects with a great potential to become Happinez bullshit but he manages to stay grounded and muddy most of the time. Watch him talk about fell running here.

Haruki Murakami What I talk about when I talk about running

Not many sports have a nobel worthy writer willing to explain their personal obsession with it, and their obsession with a pretty extreme version of it art that.

CYCLING

Melissa & Chris Bruntlett The Dutch blueprint for urban vitality. Building the cycling city 

Superbly readable overview of everything that matters regarding (turning cities into) cycling-centric planning. Great resource book. Watch them talk about building a cycling city, see here.

SPORTS-EXERCISE and BODIES

 David Epstein The Sports Gene. Inside the science of extraordinary athletic performance

The 10,000 hour rule ‘against’ nature. Obviously both have value. Which is what the author says. Basically a popular science book. Very instructive and well-written. For a video conversation between him and Malcolm Gladwell who popularized the 10,000 hour rule, see here.

Daniel Lieberman The story of the human body. Evolution, health, and disease 

Overview by ‘barefoot professor’ Lieberman. Thorough, very measured, and thus also a bit boring, but interesting. Running is pretty central to his thesis on what we are made for, so those who have been inspired by ‘Born to Run’ should certainly read this way more thorough treatment of our species as persistence hunters. Watch him talk about what our species is adapted for here.

EINDHOVEN

Paul Groenendijk & Piet Vollaard – Eindhoven Architecture Guide: the 100 best buildings

Very useful and accessible guide to explore the city, takings its architecture as your focus. Reviewed here.

BRABANT

NETHERLANDS

OTHER cities

Books that celebrate quoting Rebecca Solnit on New York “the complexity, the layers and tangles, the cross-pollinations and conflicts, the hidden and overlooked, the ugly and beautiful” aspects of cities.

Nonstop Metropolis: An Atlas of Maps Reclaiming New York’s Untold Stories and Unseen Populations

Atlas of Amsterdam

the city books of Jan Rothuizen

A Dutch visual artists with several books on Amsterdam, of which the soft atlas, and its successor (unfortunately not yet? – available in English) veranderstad Amsterdam in particular make you wanting you to go out and explore.

URBANISM

Geoffrey West Scale. the universal laws of life and death in organisms, cities and companies 

Admittedly the most abstract analysis of the urban phenomenon – in the broader context of the rest of life, taking a ‘physics’ of all things biological/social social approach. Fascinating. Watch the man speak here.

Carolyn Steel Hungry city. How food shapes our lives

One abstraction level down. Very enlightening about our dependency on systems to make urban living possible. Watch her present on the topic of feeding cities here.

Kate Ascher The Works: Anatomy of a City

An older but stunning eyeopener for all us non-experts about what it takes to keep a city running. You’ll never look at a city in the same way. Watch the author present on her book here.

Marco te Brommelstroet Mobility language matters

By our ‘ cycling professor’: academic accompaniment to a book about Dutch transport policy (only in Dutch), which argues for reclaiming streets and neighbourhoods for citizens’ interaction and kids play. The academic background pub (free download – click on the linked title) is about taking the language used to conceptualize and discuss mobility more serious because its current car-centrism frames and imprisons our conceptual and strategic abilities to redesign for a more livable and sustainable future. Watch Marco make his argument for reclaiming the street here.

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